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Toxicologists of African Origin (TAO)

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President’s Message

Dear Honorable Colleagues:

It is with great honor and distinction that our wonderful society – Toxicologists of African Origin (TAO) has passed the torch to me to lead the next generation for advancement of the noble science and ideals enshrined in our organization.

I want to express my sincere gratitude for both the new and continuing officers and members. We embark on this journey together with the knowledge that every contribution is very well recognized and that we should strive for the noble ideals as a TAO member. Together we will overcome. Together we will survive. We are like the river. We keep on rolling along.

TAO’s cause is ours to behold. We hold the mission and objectives in high esteem. We will strive to recruit Society of Toxicology (SOT) scientists and retention of members of African ancestry through motivational speaking, training, educational programs, mentoring, outreach activities, collaboration and enhance the development of members, among others. Ultimately, we should focus on what we can do to promote TAO.

We should spread the word about the history of toxicology in Africa and the diaspora. Many toxicology publications do not include any contributions made by Africans. The time to address this issue is now.

The journey continues.

Long live Toxicologists of African Origin!

Best Wishes.

Kofi Opong-Mensah, PhD, DABT
President, TAO 2021–2022